The COVID-19 pandemic forced many employers to make difficult operational and personnel decisions to ensure the longevity of their business. Some businesses that were ordered to close may have been able to continue paying their employees, but many had to turn to layoffs or furloughs in order to survive.
In a landmark decision, the U.S. Supreme Court in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”) protects lesbian, gay, and transgender employees from workplace discrimination.
Update: On April 14, 2020, the New York State Department of Health (DOH) issued Interim Guidance on the Executive Order discussed below. A copy of that guidance can be found here. The LEGALcurrents article below has been updated to reflect certain aspects of the Interim Guidance.